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Draft laws for transgender marriage ‘too limited’ says expert Sam Winter

Draft changes to the city's marriage laws to recognise transgender people are too restrictive because they are limited to those who undergo sex-change operations, a leading transgender expert says.

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10th January 2014 07:14

Alessia Valenza

"The government is taking the minimalist approach," said Sam Winter, a University of Hong Kong associate professor and a director of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.

On Tuesday, the Legislative Council’s security panel will discuss the latest developments on proposed amendments to recognise transgender people following the landmark ruling last May that granted a post- surgery transsexual the right to marry her boyfriend.

In handing down its judgment, the Court of First Instance gave the government a year to decide whether marriage laws needed to be amended to reflect the ruling that the definition of "woman" include a "post-operative male-to- female transsexual."

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